Zoe Gillespie.
Zoe Gillespie.

Softballers big trip

A TEAM of 12 has been selected for the PSSA girls softball State carnival at Milperra in Sydney’s south-west following trials at Albert Park, Lismore, this week.

Coach Steve Clough said the day had produced some good softball, despite some inconsistencies.

“There’s been some good hitting, some good pitching,” he said.

“Hopefully I’ve got the cream.

“Some players were inconsistent in that there’d be some really great play and then something would happen.

“Unfortunately, we don’t have much time to turn that around with only one training session between now and the carnival.

“So, I’ll have to rely on the people from Wyrallah Road and Narranga (Coffs Harbour) to help with the training.

“It’s not unusual for us to have this, unlike Sydney where they train all season after being selected at the start of the year.

“I have some pitchers who can put it over the plate, pitchers that the opposition will find hard to hit. Last year, one pitcher made it to State; it would be good to see that again.”

Caniaba Public School’s Zoe Gillespie was selected as catcher and is looking forward to the carnival.

She was a catcher with a Casino baseball team, but now plays softball for North Lismore.

She also plays basketball.

Following on from her brother, Brendan, in the sport, Zoe said ‘I was a bit shocked at my selection’.

“When Mr Clough called my name, I didn’t believe it,” the 11-year-old said.

“But I’m happy he did.

“The carnival should be a lot of fun and I’m really looking forward to it.”

The carnival will run from August 24 to 26.

The North Coast team is:

Zoe Gillespie (Caniaba); Ashleigh O’Meally (Frederickton); Emma Falappi (Grafton); Liby Adam, Paige Channells, Bree Jamieson, Kodie Vandenburg (Narranga); Mia Riordan (Rous); Kacee Clark, Carlee Winkler-Harding (Wyrallah Road).

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